Post # 1
I called the doctor after not feeling right for the past 4 days. I knew I either had a bug, or there was something wrong. Based on my symptoms (nausea, increased swelling, face swelling, fuzzy vision) they had me head to the hospital for testing. My blood pressure was elevated but my blood work came back perfect. The urine test was inconclusive – .1 means no, .3 means yes and .2 means maybe. I was, of course, .2. So today I need to collect all my urine in a bucket (no joke) for 24 hours. I then bring this back to the hopstial for further testing.
I’m curious if anyone else has gone through this process and what they found? If you’ve had pre-e, how did things change for you?
Post # 3
I can’t offer any advice, but I hope they figure out what is wrong! Sorry you are feeling sick. Good luck!! Let us know what happens. Hope you feel better soon!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
One of my good friends went through this, and after all of it, she was eventually hospitalized for pre-eclampsia and have a premie baby, but her’s was getting progressively worse over the few days they did the testing.
My sister also was boarderline with the same results you had (0.2)– and never got more than on the cusp. It sucked, she didn’t feel great, but it never turned into anything more than feeling crummy.
Post # 5
I don’t know how far along you are, but my pre-eclampsia was diagnosed at 33 weeks. I had a swollen face and a swollen everything else but no other symptoms other than really bad carpal tunnel, which I was told later was from the pre-eclampsia.
I had gone for a routine check-up and when they took my blood pressure (suddenly sky-high) and found protein in my urine, I was sent immediately to the hospital. Once I spent 24 hours off my feet, all the swelling and other symptoms had gone way down.
I was put on bed rest for 4 weeks and then induced-the only cure is to deliver the baby. The induction took about 3 days (ugh!) but he was delivered naturally and no complications. My second pregnancy was perfect.
Anyway, don’t worry, they know how to handle this even better these days and it will be okay-you’ll be taken care of. This was 21 years ago! I had never even HEARD about pre-eclamsia.
I hope you feel better soon-take care of yourself.
Post # 6
i wasnt diagnosed with it while i was pregnant but they told me i had pre-clampsia while i was in labor so they gave me medication for it which slowed my labor. Was in the hospital two days because my bllod pressure would not go down.
Post # 7
Thanks for all the encouragement! I rested today and worked from my couch. I had times when I felt better, but there were also times I felt very sick again. I’m guessing when I don’t feel right, that is when my blood pressure is up. I will know tomorrow mid-morning if I have it or not. If it’s negatiave, I’m making an appt to see my doctor and talk about what treatment I get from here on out and what we can do to help me feel better.
@PutABirdOnIt: I’m at 35 weeks, which is just two weeks away from when they would want to induce labor if I am positive. They are being very conservative with their diagnosis so I feel confident all will be ok. Thank god for modern medicine!
@juliette.eliza: Interesting to know it’s possible to stay on the cusp! As much as I don’t want to feel crummy for the next four weeks, as long as LO is healthy I’ll deal with it!
Post # 8
Yep, I have gone through this–twice!
I had high blood pressure during my pregnancy, starting at 16 weeks. By 20 weeks I was put on bed rest, and at 35 weeks I started showing symptoms of Pre-E. I had a horrible head ache and blurry vision, and my Bridal Party skyrocketed, even though I was on medication for it. I had to collect my urine, get my blood drawn, etc. Turns out I didn’t have pre-e, but my Bridal Party was ridiculously high. I was put on even stricter bed rest. At 38 weeks, the same thing happened again and I had to go through all the tests a second time. This time they actually sent me to L and D and I thought they were going to take my baby out! But nope… blood test came back normal.
I ended up getting induced (due to my pregnancy induced hypertension, which never turned into Pre-E) at 40 weeks.
The only cure for Pre-E is to have your baby. Good luck!
P.S. They said I needed to store my urine in the fridge. Thankfully we have a fridge in our garage… I would have been grossed out to keep it in the fridge with all our food. What if someone accidentally drank it? HAHA!
Post # 9
I did this but I didnt have to keep mine in the fridge only a cool dark place (under the sink) I was already on bed rest for other reasons I stayed in the pre-E stages for awhile BUT when my vision went fuzzy and half my face went numb they induced me ASAP! I was at 40 weeks.
Post # 10
yep! love thee ‘ol pee bucket, lol.. so gross..
my experience was much like @PutABirdOnIt I didn’t feel any symptoms other than really bad carpal tunnel and crazy swelling. But they induced me after a month of bedrest. I also had a 5 day hospital stay to get my blood pressure to come back down after delivering DS.